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At approximately 3,000 feet on the forested slopes of Haleakala is the spectacular, one-of-a-kind Dorcy Estate, “Moemalie” (place of peaceful rest).

The 23-acre gated compound consists of two lushly landscaped parcels with multiple structures and a koa tree plantation. The property overlooks a panorama of West Maui, Neighbor Islands, and the ocean to the horizon.

The three-story main residence, with nearly 8,000 square feet of living space and view lanais, is surrounded by expanses of manicured lawn, terraced gardens, and stands of pines and shade trees.

Completed in 2003, the structure known as the “Mansion” is architecturally reminiscent of Laurence Dorcy’s family home in Woodside, California. Its three floors are connected by a custom-built elevator with detailing in keeping with period design motifs throughout the interior. In addition to four bedrooms, four full baths, and a large state-of-the-art kitchen, the home includes sitting rooms, recreational spaces including an indoor spa and solarium, and abundant open space conveying a sense of old world elegance. Vaulted ceilings, moldings, period window treatments and lighting fixtures, high quality finishes including marble and hardwood all contribute to the ambiance of a getaway retreat that represents a step back in time as well as geographic seclusion.

Adjacent to the residence is a nine-car garage that housed Dorcy’s collection of antique and classic cars. A large barn in the koa forest was used primarily for servicing the vehicles but now supports the 500-tree plantation operation.

Special areas were created for outdoor recreation and entertaining including a poolside pavilion and barbecue enclave with a fireplace and surrounding walls built with natural stone.

Two residences, in addition to the Mansion, are located on the property, the two-story gatehouse and the single-level cottage that serves as the caretaker’s home. The entire estate, inclusive of furnishings, has been listed by Mary Anne Fitch (R), Owner and Principal Broker of Maui Estates International LLC, an Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, at $8,900,000 Fee-Simple.

“The former owner and creator of Moemalie lived on Maui for many years…this estate is his legacy,” Fitch said. “We hope to connect with a new owner who would have a sense of stewardship for this phenomenal property. There is nothing like it anywhere on Maui, and possibly in all Hawaii. It could be a great family compound, with particular appeal to people with environmental interests and horse owners. Upcountry Maui has traditionally been favored by kamaaina families and ranchers both for its verdant wide open countryside and favorable climate.”

Fitch noted that the venerable Kula Lodge and Restaurant is just a short drive up Haleakala Highway, which winds through pastures and eucalyptus groves to eventually terminate in Haleakala National Park at 10,000 feet.

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